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U.N. Backs Upgraded Status For Palestinian Authority

30 Nov 2012

U.N. Backs Upgraded Status For Palestinian Authority

CNN reports, “the resolution elevates the Palestinian authority from “nonmember observer entity” to “nonmember observer state,” the same as the Vatican. The vote was 138 delegates in favor, 9 against and 41 abstentions, including Germany.” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday said the United Nations had made an “unfortunate and counterproductive” decision in voting to change the Palestinians to non-member observer status. The United States has long opposed the change and voted against it. Clinton said the vote “places further obstacles in the path of peace,” adding, “we have been clear that only through direct negotiations between the parties can the Palestinians and Israelis achieve the peace that they deserve.”

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